3 Rookie Errors That I Still Make As A Trail Runner

For women

I took part in the Beast 30km Trail Run and absolutely loved it. But I also relearnt a few trail lessons. I’ve been trail running for years now and racing a fair few too. But just when you think you’ve got it waxed, something will come up and bite you (sometimes literally!). Here’s what the Beast taught me…

Lesson 1: Shoes, shoes, shoes

I’m a huge advocate for the fact that running is a simple sport. By that I mean you just need to put on a good on a pair of shoes and you’re set. Problem? The shoes don’t always want to play along. This time, I tied my shoes way too tight. So tight that I cut off all circulation in my left foot.

My thinking behind this had been: Tie them tight so your feet don’t slip around and you’ll be better on the technical. In theory, not a bad plan. In reality, a completely numb left foot which resulted in three annoying but necessary stops to readjust. This meant that, once I’d revived my left tootsies, I had to play catch-up. Plus, another fun game I like to call “Sorry–can–I–please–pass?”. That brings me to lesson nombre dos

Lesson 2: Don’t let the haters get you down

Most trail runners are pleasant, easy-going people. Most of them will let you pass no problem, even on a single track – and they’ll even encourage you on your way. But there are a select few that get a little ego sore. Especially of the male variety. Especially when it’s a girl coming past. I had a few “show-off” comments, and, “Yes, you can pass, but it’s not like you’ll get anywhere” as I tried to get back to my previous position.

That being said, there were also great comments like, “You’re flying, come past, you go girl!” As a sensitive snowflake, I often let the negative comments get to me. The lesson here: Take it all with a pinch of salt. Know your worth and prove the haters wrong.

READ MORE: 3 Ways To Overcome Anything, From A 100km Trail Runner

Lesson 3: Underestimating yourself

That’s right: Kknow your worth. Another lesson I often have to relearn. I arrive at a race and everyone looks so speedy and profesh. I forget about the hours of training I’ve put in and head to the back of the start-up line. The race kicks off and I find myself running at a pace that is far too slow.

Back to that fun game from lesson number one. Even if you don’t line up right at the front, place yourself in a position to do your best. At Beast I ended up fourth woman across the line – which just goes to show why you should back yourself. If you don’t believe in your own ability, you’re already starting on the back foot. Back yourself, guurl.

Feeling inspired? Here’s what you need to know before buying your first trail shoes. The Beast may be over but Energy Events have a bunch of exciting trail runs planned.

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